Lupus in Chinese Medicine
Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when your body’s immune system attacks your own tissues and organs. Inflammation caused by lupus can affect many different body systems — including your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs. It can be difficult to diagnose because its signs and symptoms often mimic those of other ailments. The most distinctive sign of lupus — a facial rash that resembles the wings of a butterfly unfolding across both cheeks — occurs in many but not all cases of lupus. In traditional Chinese medicine we look at this condition as a mixed pattern of both excess and deficiency in the body. The excess manifesting as arthritis, mouth sores, skin rash, facial rash, and sunlight sensitivity. Deficiency is clear in the general underlying weakness, such as anemia, and dysfunction of the kidney, nerves or brain. Consult your Dr. about any dietary and supplemental changes.
Chinese herbs can be very helpful in this situation, when looking for a more modern day formula to:Clear heat, Eliminate toxins, and nourish the yin & blood look for one containing one or more of the following herbs:
Chinese Herbs for Lupus
Zhi Mu – Clears heat and cools the blood to treat the fever, mouth sores and skin lesions,
Zhi He & Shao Wu – Tonifies the blood, and benefits the essence, as well as moistens and unblocks the bowels
Mu Dan Pi – Which is used to relieve pain. By nourishing the body, symptoms of extreme fatigue, joint pain, muscle aches, anemia, and general malaise can be alleviated.